INSPIRE

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Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution, By Nick Lane

September 24, 2010 | Issue 16

Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution gives a detailed account of the ten events that author Nick Lane considers to be the most important in establishing the direction that evolution has taken ever since the beginning of life on Earth.

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: Evolution

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The physics of inspiration: teaching in Austria

September 24, 2010 | Issue 16

Gyro-cars, gymnastic cats and a slow-motion slap in the face. Lucy Patterson spoke to Rudolf Ziegelbecker, an Austrian physics teacher, about how to catch the imagination of even the most anti-physics students.

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: Teaching resources, Physics

   

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Science on Stage: sharing teaching ideas across Europe

September 24, 2010 | Issue 16

Originally, Science on Stage was the brainchild of EIROforumw1, the publisher of Science in School. Since then, the commitment of the national organisers has enabled this network of local, national and international events for teachers to grow and grow. Eleanor Hayes reviews some of the latest…

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: Event report

 

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Sven-Olof Holmgren: science education is more complex than particle physics

September 24, 2010 | Issue 16

Do you think particle physics is a complex subject? Having moved from basic research to science education, Sven-Olof Holmgren would disagree. He tells Lucy Patterson and Marlene Rau about the challenges of this shift, and about a major reform in the Swedish education system.

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: General science, Science Education

 

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Jean-Luc Solandt: diving into marine conservation

September 24, 2010 | Issue 16

Marine biologist Jean-Luc Solandt tells Karin Ranero Celius about his commitment to study and preserve one of the world’s biggest treasures: the ocean.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Marine environments, Oceans, Marine biology, Conservation

       

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UNDERSTAND

Understand

Solar cars: the future of road transport?

September 24, 2010 | Issue 16

Ever dreamed of a car that needed no fuel and produced no pollution? Mico Tatalovic investigates the solar car.

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Physics, Chemistry, Energy, Social studies

     

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Space exploration: the return to the Moon

September 24, 2010 | Issue 16

Have you ever looked up at the Moon in a clear night sky and wondered about the very few people who have walked on its surface? What did we learn, and what are we still unsure about? When might humans return to the Moon? Adam Baker investigates.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: General science, Moon, Space, Solar systems, Astronomy

           

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Hot stuff in the deep sea

September 24, 2010 | Issue 16

How do fossils form around hydrothermal vents? Crispin Little describes how he and his team found out – by making their own fossils.

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Biology, Evolution, Oceans, Fossils

       

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Life savers in the sky: flying doctors

September 24, 2010 | Issue 16

Anne Weaver, lead clinician for London’s Air Ambulance, tells Marie Mangan about her job: saving lives.

Ages: < 11, 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: General science, Health

   

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Cold seeps: marine ecosystems based on hydrocarbons

September 24, 2010 | Issue 16

David Fischer takes us on a trip to the bottom of the sea to learn about cold seeps – their ecosystems, potential fuels, and possible involvement in global warming.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Biology, Chemistry, Earth science, Energy, Marine environments, Ecosystems, Biodiversity, Climate change

     

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Evaluating a medical treatment

September 24, 2010 | Issue 16

Sarah Garner and Rachel Thomas consider why well-designed and properly analysed experiments are so important when testing how effective a medical treatment is.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Biology, Maths, Ethics, Mathematics, Statistics, Health Education, Sociology

         

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TEACH

Teach

LeSa21: primary-school science activities

September 24, 2010 | Issue 16

Teaching science in primary school can be challenging. Astrid Kaiser and Marlene Rau describe a rich source of online materials in three languages – and highlight some activities about oil and water.

Ages: < 11, 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Chemistry, Ecology, General science, Primary

   

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Car racing in the physics classroom

September 24, 2010 | Issue 16

Physical science teacher Nicolas Poynter wanted his students not only to learn but also to think for themselves. His solution: a competition to build the fastest car!

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Physics

     

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Can you spot a cancer mutation?

September 24, 2010 | Issue 16

How does cancer develop, and how can geneticists tell that a cell is cancerous? This teaching activity developed by the Communication and Public Engagement team from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK, answers these and other related questions.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Biology, Medicine, Mutation, Cancer

                   

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